This beautiful but simple wreath can be made in a snap or as a project, with kids.
The first time a saw a wreath like this, it was in progress -- at the 1/2 way point --- at Caroline, my French tutor's house. Her house was always filled with loving details and I was just mesmerized by this one, simple, 1/2 finished wreath. So simple, so pretty but more: I could see the mother-daughter time shared, walks taken, beauty created which made it dazzle. I am sure that I was distracted during our lesson thinking of it because I knew that I would go home and start one, too. We did. Every Fall, when the leaves change, we gather leaves for this purpose: we now string a wire with leaves gathered on walks and slowly built a wreath to grace our doorway through this period of the year. It's a tradition that's here to stay.
1) Using a wire clipper, smooth the wire hanger. 2) Once it is smooth, begin by adding leaves.
3) Press the wire through the center of each leaf; adding leaves until the wreath is full.
1) Gather leaves
2) Prepare the wire: Prepare a wire hanger by rounding it into a wreath shape. Use the flat part of a wire clipper to flatten out the bumpy area of the wire and to smooth it into a circle.
If you would prefer to use a thick, plain, wire, this works very well, too. If using a coat hanger, you can opt to leave the "hanger" on so that you can hang the wreath from it or flatten this hanging area, as well and string a ribbon through the wreath to hang.
3) Add leaves: Once you have prepared the wire, begin by pressing leaves onto the wire. Center each leaf on the wire and continue and until it is filled. This is deceiving: it takes many more leaves than one expect. I haven't taken count, but it took at least 3 long walks. It is important to push the leaves on the wire when they are still moist. If you let the leaves dry, they are too fragile and also don't contour to the leaves around them; making a less harmonious shape. If you don't have enough leaves, this is OK. String the leaves that you do have so that they dry in the correct form and add more leaves when you have time. As I mentioned, the first wreath that I saw in progress was only 1/2 way finished and (I thought it was) just as beautiful as a full, traditional, wreath. Once you are satisfied with the shape, using the wire cutters, twist the wire to close the circle.
4) Hang: If you've left the hanger in it's original form, proceed and hang. If you've made one, round, circular wreath, thread a ribbon through the center of the wreath, doubling up the ribbon and a fix where you'd like.
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